After screening my film this weekend i am greatly relieved. with only the sound tracks bass being an issue I am quite pleased. The work was really tough, there was a lot that could have been done better (like someone in the group actually keeping track of the audio/video sync list, or finding cast and locations before the week before shooting) but maybe those members of my group who are not graduating can benefit from the knowledge gained here for the rest of their school projects. I will certainly be more prepared when I venture into shooting my own work. I was really nervous before the film started but It looked okay, definitely not lit as well as the other projects, but it wasn’t too terrible. All in all this class was really a benefit and I wish I would have taken it earlier in my college career. My advice to next semester’s class is to start early, and stay on top of it, don’t put anything off. Also, don’t take the writers word for it that a re-write has happened, make sure something was there before the draft you get handed.
Re-inventions is this weeks topic. Boy did we have some of those. Originally we wanted to cast talent in their 30’s but ended up with a 22 and a 24 year old. Becky was supposed to be a brunette, ours was blonde. Our location needed to be a little bigger just to be able to fit the necessity in. We were originally scheduled to shoot two full days and one half day, and the other half day was for safety. However, neither of our actors arrived until Friday, so safety day became not so safe. Not to mention that the reason we were only shooting half days was because I was going to wait tables on Saturday and Sunday night and we had to wrap at 2PM on those days. By some miracle we were able to get everything we needed in time and Now I am waist deep in editing this bad boy in the middle of 2 other projects, waiting every other night, and graduating. The only challenge for me now, other than time constraint, would be getting the soundtrack just right. I feel like the music is really going to move this piece.
So we just finished shooting our film. It was crazy, but we got it all done. For locations we used my house, which had the perfect “addition” for the creepy hermit porch we needed. Our cast were the very talented Andrew Callicott and Katie Smith….oh and myself! It was really a challenge to shoot and act at the same time but all-in-all I think it turned out fine. One of the greatest challenges with shooting was the amount of people inside of the space, the location wasn’t that big so once the gear, the talent, and the crew were inside, it was really tight, and HOT! We shot for about 8 hours the first day and 3 or 4 the other two. It was really a smooth shoot once we got everything rolling. I’m going to start editing next week.
Well it’s week 8 and Inspiration is the topic of this weekend post. Visually I am a sucker for warmth and depth of field in a shot. I like a nice framed foreground that keeps the viewers eye focused when’re I would like it to be. I also love to provide subtleties of character through set dressings and color palates. The first season of Glee did a real good job at that, then somehow lost that in later seasons (probably why I fell out of touch with that program) another show which handles color wonderfully is Breaking Bad. Michael Slovis and his team at AMC continually outdo themselves. Something I noticed throughout years of watching the show is that the characters and their values are represented by the colors they wear (Walter wears green because he is stuck between his family and the drug trade, etc.) I also real enjoy the camera work of Roger Deakins, he is the man responsible for capturing the great works of Joel and Ethan Cohen as well and Sam Mendes. The tonality of the images in O’ Brother Where Art Thou,A Serious Man, and True Grit really provide huge inspiration to the way I handle images.
So I was assigned to DP the short by Shawn Maybay, OUTSIDE! It is a wonderful script and I’m excited to be on the project. I will be shooting on DSLR and it’s currently what I’ve been working with and I really enjoy it. The malleability of the image is incredible. I hope that the look of the final piece will create this awkwardly stagnant air that blankets the scene. Lots of deadpan and repetition will give a removed sense of viewing. Ultimately I will be happy if the final product looks similar to the inside of “the house next door” on the second/third seasons of US of Tara. (Yellowgreen/dusty air/light beams through cracks in blind or hole in curtain)
The projects I liked (other then the overwhelming love I have for my own project) were Shawn Maybay’s piece about the hermit and the delivery service. The minimal locations and cast make it extremely doable for a low/no budget production. However the pressure will really be one for whoever is cast as the man in the house, because he will literally be carrying the entire piece on his back. The story is great and is something I haven’t seen before. If i was on this project I’d probably like to shoot it, I think Shawn would be a cool director to work with. The second piece I liked was William Woody’s comedy about the man and his vices. I believe the final punch would be great if the cast was right. The only problems i see would be that the cast may be too large and the locations too much of a task to accomplish, (but since I haven’t seen a script so I can’t say that for sure) All in all I think I want to shoot whatever project I end up working on.
So I’m thinking of working on a drama for my piece. It’s not really a genre I’ve ever tried to do anything with (mostly comedy in my background) but I think I have a solid idea for a story. I’m planning for it to be a period piece and though that may present some difficulty for the art department, I really don’t think it would be that challenging. I don’t really want to give away much, but it is heavy, heavy drama and based on a true story. There are only three locations in the script and two of them could actually be in the same place if we use our heads a little. There are three main characters. Keith Benjamin, a lean, tall man mid-30’s, dresses well and drives a big black car all over the country as a traveling salesman. Mary Benjamin, a loving, nurturing mother, and Keith’s Wife. Shelby-Grace Benjamin, Keith and Mary’s daughter is a little blonde string-bean of a girl around 8-11 years old. My piece is a little different, It is going to steadily draw the audience in until the climax where there hearts will be ripped out of their chests to join the puddles of tears next to their feet. Yeah it’s that kind of drama. The last bit of information I will give you here is that the title is (tentatively) Never Worn. OOOOOooooOOOOoooOOOO Spooky.
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